International Critical Service-Learning for Social Change

International Critical Service-Learning for Social Change.pdf

Abstract:
International service-learning (IS-L) has the potential to raise awareness of global injustice which is a first step toward social change.  By its very nature, however, a number of ethical issues around social justice pervade the field, similar to domestic service-learning issues, but sometimes on a bigger scale.  This paper examines the literature surrounding international service-learning in order to address these ethical social-justice issues.  I will compare domestic service-learning to international service-learning and critical service-learning.  I will examine positive aspects of IS-L from literature as well as take a critical look at the same literature.  I will then attempt to describe what critical international service-learning might look like and then discuss implications for an activist view of critical IS-L.  My hope is that this will inform my practice or the practice of others in the future in order to create more socially-just IS-L partnerships.

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